When former Logan resident Kip Thorne speaks in Logan on Thursday, July 19th his topic will be “My Journey Through Space and Time: The Big Bang, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves.” Dr. Thorne will be coming just a few months after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. He won the award along with two colleagues for their discovery of gravitational waves made possible through their development of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory.
He was also the scientific consultant and executive producer on the movie Interstellar, which won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
Retired Utah State University Professor Bryce Bishop, a friend of Thorne’s since childhood, says the public will find the lecture interesting, informative and entertaining.
“He’s very approachable, I would say, in terms of talking with people about what he does,” says Bishop. “He’s got a real gift putting things on a level so whoever he is talking to can know what he’s talking about.”
Bishop says Thorne claims that for him and his family, “a 70-year quest to explore the universe has deep roots in this community.”
Thorne will speak at 4 p.m. on July 19th in the Logan High School Auditorium. He is coming to Logan to attend the 60 year reunion of the Logan High School Class of 1958 on July 20th. On that day, the City of Logan will be naming a street in his honor at 1 p.m. with Mayor Holly Daines officiating.